So I was re-watching the Ravens-Steelers game today, mostly to see how Kelvin Beachum and Guy Whimper fared on the offensive line, and I came across my new favorite play of the season.
The Steelers, leading 10-6, faced a 1st-and-10 from the Ravens’ 11 with 5:04 to go in the third quarter. Todd Haley called a running play, something we’ve seen a lot this season, usually with disastrous results.
This time, Le’Veon Bell, possibly the most patient person on the planet, took the handoff, shuffled a few steps to his right and waited for what seemed like an eternity before exploding through a hole created by the two tight ends, David Paulson and Heath Miller.
You read that right — Paulson not only blocked someone, but he BLOCKED SOMEONE.
The play went for seven yards and unless you watched it 20 times it would seem like your run-of-the-mill seven-yard gain. But when you really looked at it, it was so much more than that.
Maybe this is one of those games we’ll look back on as the turning point in the season or maybe it’s a blip on the radar. While we wait for that storyline to play out, just enjoy the magic of a well-executed running play again and again and again.